HTC’s much-leaked 2014 flagship model has been announced today, with HTC confirming that the new HTC One will be known as just the HTC One again, with the M8 tag used afterwards so enthusiasts like us lot know the difference between it and last year’s option.
There are three key changes within the new HTC One M8 — an upgrade to the Snapdragon 801 chipset internally, the addition of a secondary image sensor around the back for adding “DSLR” style focus shift effects to photographs, and an upgrade of HTC’s own software skin to version 6.0 of HTC Sense.
Oh, and full software buttons for the first time in an HTC flagship. That’s nice. Android 4.4.2 is the underlying Google code. Here it is:
Externally, the updated HTC One M8 is a little larger and heavier than the old model, with the display enlarged to five inches and running at the same 1080p resolution as last year’s model. We’d have one. HTC says launch starts TODAY with grey, silver and gold models available in some countries.
HTC’s press release also says its BlinkFeed interface will be appearing on Google Play for other phone users to try some time soon, plus the US gets a Google Play edition HTC One M8 in a few weeks. But not us. Again.